By Amos Kwon
on 10.19.11
Photo by Renae for GP

Wolverine boots need no introduction. Founded in Rockford, Michigan in 1883, Wolverine has been manufacturing Gibralatar-like footwear since before your granddaddy was born. But this doesn’t mean they aren’t ahead of the footwear technology game. Their new Wolverine Fulcrum ICS boots are infused with the Individual Comfort System that provides an adjustable gel disc in the heel of the boot to customize the support. Talk about cool. Well, do they work?

We tried on a pair on a hike in Michigan this fall and they not only outperformed our expectations in the area of comfort, but they stood up to mud, rocks and some serious pounding over miles of trails.

The first night was a mud-fest but setting up camp was far less than miserable with these boots on. The Fulcrum’s Vibram Mutant outsoles are well-formed for various ground conditions and hang tough when the going does. We loved the organic lining to dispel the foot stank and the OrthoLite performance insole that was supportive and comfortable over hours of hiking with a full pack. Waterproof to the nines due to the tandem waterproof leather uppers and the Gore-Tex membrane, the Fulcrums seemed downright indestructible. We can be skeptical of new systems with acronyms that show up just to sound cool, but the ICS works incredibly well and our less-than tired dogs can attest to the fact that the adjustable system, customized to your support tastes, does indeed perform. Don’t ever say that boots are just boots. The right boot can make the difference between a tough trip and a pleasurable one. The fact that the Fulcrums are both comfortable and bombproof is icing on the outdoor cake.

Buy Now: $200

Photos by Renae for GP

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